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October 3, 2000


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Commerce boots Lincoln
Commerce kicked a last-second field goal to beat Lincoln County last Friday 16-15.
Commerce booted past the Red Devils with no time remaining. But to get there, the Tigers' Monté Williams put up 82 fourth-quarter yards to make the rally happen.
Williams finished the night with 139 yards and one touchdown. The yards put Williams over the hump in the race for the state rushing record.
Williams, in pursuit of the state career rushing record, needs 757 yards to break Robert Toomer's 1991 record.
The Tiger tailback has gained 773 yards in the first five games.



East Hall downs Banks County
Take away two turnovers and a blocked punt and the Banks County Leopards' football game against East Hall last Friday night would have turned out a lot differently.
Instead, the Vikings left Homer with a 38-18 win.
Banks County turned the ball over three times in the games. Two of those turnovers led to 10 Viking points. A blocked punt ran back for a touchdown gave East Hall another seven points.


Dragons and Tigers and Panthers, Oh my!
All three varsity softball teams in Jackson County will begin area tournament play Tuesday.
Jefferson plays Rabun Gap at 2:30 p.m., and Commerce faces host Buford at 4 p.m. The losers will play at 5:30 p.m., with the winners squaring off Wednesday at 1 p.m. The tournament final is set for Wednesday at 4 p.m., with the second game (if necessary) following.
The Lady Panthers host their area tournament at Lamar Murphy Park. Jackson County's first game is set for 5:45 p.m.
The top two teams from each of the area tournaments advance to the state sectional round in their respective classifications.


Panthers fall to top AAA team
Eastside in for homecoming Friday

Jackson County will host Eastside (4-1/2-1) Friday at Panther Stadium for homecoming night. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.
Senior Anthony Collins and his Jackson County teammates had the Hart County defense reeling early Friday night in Hartwell. Collins returned the game's opening kick to the Bulldog 36 yard-line. An interception at the Hart County eight ended the drive, but the Panthers forced Hart to go three-and-out on their first posession.
Quarterback Bradley Wilson found Adam Doss for a 20-yard touchdown that gave Jackson County a 6-0 lead over the state's top class AAA team with two minutes left in the first quarter.
Though the teams had accumulated virtually the same amounts of total yardage in the first half, the same Hart County team that struggled in the first quarter came alive to score seven times and hand the Panthers their second region loss, 49-6.

Dragons beat Social Circle in OT
The Jefferson Dragons will travel to Oglethorpe County Friday to face the Patriots of region 7-AA.
The Dragons' Blake Gooch intercepted a Social Circle pass in overtime last week to life Jefferson to a 19-13 win, improving their season record to 3-2.
Kyle Potts passed for 182 yards and two touchdowns on an 11-of-17 performance. Ryan Gurley was on the receiving end of both TD passes, and had 17 tackles and an interception in the win.
"The play of our defense in overtime was big," head coach Bob Gurley said of his team's win.

Raiders now 6-0
The Madison County Red Raiders remained unbeaten on the season with a 20-7 win on the road at Warren County Friday.
With the win the Raiders clinched their fourth winning season in school history and became the first Madison County team to start 6-0.
Donny Stamper led the way in the win, romping for all three Raider touchdowns while picking up 137 yards on 32 carries.
Stamper picked up a one-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, a six-yard score in third quarter and capped the night off with a one-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Madison County will try to pick up their seventh win this Friday in McDonough against Union Grove.


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